Mark S. Castor, DDS -  - Dentist

Mark Castor, DDS

Dentist located in South Austin, Austin, TX

Dental Cleanings Specialist

Treating the signs of decay and gum disease as quickly as they are seen is the key to sustaining optimal oral health. At his practice, Dr. Castor offers dental cleanings and x-rays to ensure that patients in and around the Austin area can have healthy, beautiful smiles.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

by Mark Castor, DDS

How Often Should I Go to the Dentist for an Exam?

The American Dental Association recommends that individuals, both young and old, go to the dentist’s office for a cleaning and exam every six months, or two times a year. 

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings will begin in a similar manner to a general health checkup, with the collection of dental and medical histories. This helps the dentist to identify any issue or condition which could increase a person’s risk for developing gum disease or tooth decay. For example, a patient who is diabetic will be at a much higher risk for dental health issues than non-diabetic patients. Next, any complaints or symptoms which the patient has been dealing with recently will be discussed with the dentist. The cleaning itself will start with a thorough inspection of the patient’s gums and teeth as well as obtaining dental x-rays. X-rays are particularly helpful when the patient is a first time visitor. Each tooth will be evaluated for any signs of tooth decay or damage. For adult patients, an oral cancer screening may also be necessary. Lastly, if any dental hygiene changes need to be made or if treatment needs to begin the dentist will discuss these with his patients.

What Can I Do to Keep my Teeth Healthy Between Cleanings?

Consistent brushing and flossing habits utilized between cleanings are exceptionally important. Employing the products, tools, and techniques recommended by the dentist will also be extremely beneficial. Limiting the amount of sugary foods and drinks you ingest can be helpful as well. This is because harmful bacteria thrive off of sugars. To avoid staining natural and prosthetic teeth, rinse your teeth after drinking or eating foods such as coffee, tea, and soda. When participating in sports, wear a mouthguard for protection and wear a night guard if you grind your teeth. Do not pry off lids with your teeth or chew on hard candy or ice.

 

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

For more information, please call our office. 

Delta Dental
Humana
Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr.Castor and staff have been incredible in taking care of me. I would recommend him to all my friends and family."

    Vic G.
  • Yelp

    "I gotta say I love Dr. Castor, his whole office, and the brave work they do on people like mine's neglected teeth."

    Bradly S.
  • Yelp

    "Mark is one of the best of the best I have found in Texas, and I would recommend my friends and family to him."

    Ted G.
  • RateABiz

    "This was my first visit with Dr Castor and it went very well. Laurie was an experienced tech and went ahead with images & a cleaning...I highly recommend them..."

    Matt G.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor and Sylvia, his assistant, make a great team. I trust them to take care of me. I have known Dr. Castor for many years. He is an excellent dentist..."

    Amy C.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor has been my dentist ever since. Great people workmen there, easy to get to location. I ENJOY going to the dentist now, really!"

    Lara N.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor's team is always extremely friendly, professional and make going to the dentist "almost" enjoyable! Would definitely recommend his services!"

    Laura S.
  • RateABiz

    "Everyone there is both professional and personable. They honestly do seem to care about each patient. Fabulous!"

    Katherine S.
  • RateABiz

    "Dr. Castor and Tawana both worked very hard to make me feel comfortable and took great care with fitting my crown. I could tell this team is a family!"

    Vaundee A.
  • RateABiz

    "Always great service. Never have to wait more than several minutes to be called. Always quick, thorough, and professional...Great friendly, and professional staff"

    Carol P.
Location
Mark S. Castor, DDS
1221 West Ben White Boulevard , Suite 207A
South Austin

Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-504-7570
Fax: 512-441-7632
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512-504-7570

Mark Castor, DDS
1221 West Ben White Boulevard
Suite 207A
Austin, TX 78704